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  • Joshua is my son. And like many kids these days, he was diagnosed with learning delays at a young age. Fortunately, our home town has an excellent early intervention program to help children like him. He did well, but I kept hearing from the teachers that he was not always cooperative. "Passively stubborn" was the term-- he simply would ignore what they requested. As his mother, I was inwardly smiling "yes, tell me something I didn't already know about this child". Around Valentine's Day, a little packet was sent home to the parents asking them to write Valentine's Day words to their children. We were supposed to make it unique to our child, with encouraging words etc. "Unique" I thought. I hung on to that word...

    Below is what I wrote to my son. He was only four at the time so I know I was really writing this to his teachers, to me, and for him to someday understand.

    "How to describe my son, Joshua. By simple facts, his is my second child and only boy, and an Aquarius. He has an older sister named Rebekah, a Mommy, a Daddy, and dog named Zag and three kitties (Blondie, Salsa, and Taco). However, "simple facts" cannot capture the character of Joshua. He is complex, stubborn, loving, artistic, fidgetty, imaginative, comedic, introspective, shy, curious, explorative, emotional. He is these things and more. I know he is not perfect (neither am I), but I love him with a fierceness that nature gives only to mothers. That said, I've written a few poems to help describe my feelings toward Joshua. These poems, written in the haiku format, give a glimpse at the person I call Josh"

    "My Tao baby born

    his path like that of water

    unencumbered, flows"

    However, there are times he is a force to reckon with, a child tsunami....

    "Water high and fierce

    destroys, carves, creates, settles

    power released, quiet"

    Josh is above all, a wonderful human being, full of spirit and life. I may never fully understand him, but I am confident he will find his own way, on his terms, when he is ready.
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